FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN NEWSLETTER (4/30/19):

  1. MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. May 5, 5pm - 6:30pm,  
    MV Community Center: Special Guest Speakers!

  2. IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING - Sun. May 5

  3. NEW PHONE BANK in SAUSALITO - Sat. May 11, 2pm - 4pm  

  4. ‘ALL ON THE LINE’ SPEAKER EVENT -  Tues, April 30, 6pm

  5. SUPPORT SAN RAFAEL CITY COUNCIL VOTE FOR  RENTER PROTECTION - Mon. May 6

  6. NARAL PRO-CHOICE CALIFORNIA LOBBY DAY - Wed. May 8

  7. MOMS DEMAND ACTION for CALVIP LAW: petition and more.

  8. MVCAN’S AIRLIFT - UPDATE on the GRASSROOTS

  9. REPORT BACK ON MVCAN at MILL VALLEY VOLUNTEER DAY

  10. HELP EXPAND THE ELECTORATE - WRITE POSTCARDS AT HOME!

  11. MVCAN’S ENDORSEE KIMBERLY ELLIS FOR CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR- THE HOME STRETCH

12. MARINSCOPE NEWSPAPER COVERS OUR LOCAL ACTIVISTS

13. SAVE THE DATE: MEMORIAL DAY Monday May 27 - March with MVCAN in MV MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

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MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. May 5, 5pm - 6:30pm  

MV Community Center

99Rootz Project for Mobilizing Young Voters - Photo by Dr. Veronica Terriquez

Join us for our May 5 monthly meeting! We have an exciting agenda featuring guest speakers from 99Rootz, one of our major Airlift.fund  grantee organizations. Find out how critical grassroots action really works on the ground!

Our guest speakers will be Alicia Olivarez and Crissy Gallardo, leaders of 99Rootz, a grassroots project that organizes young people in the small towns that surround Route 99 in California’s Central Valley. 99Rootz is part of Power California, an Airlift-sponsored network. 99Rootz works at building leadership pathways and safe growth spaces for young people. Their work includes re-connecting youth with their culture, political education, electoral organizing, and voter registration.

Working out of offices in Sanger and Merced, Alicia and Crissy know firsthand the joys and struggles young people experience in living in the Central Valley. Alicia and Crissy were both born and raised in the area, left to attend Harvard and UC Berkeley respectively, then returned to their hometowns to organize their friends and transform their communities.

In addition, the meeting will feature the MVCAN Political Action Team, upcoming events and more.

MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Sun. May 5 -  5:00 - 6:30 pm
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

See you there!

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IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING - Sun. May 5

Immigration/Civil Rights Team Meeting
Sunday, May 5 -  4 pm-5pm (right before the MVCAN Monthly Meeting)
Lobby of Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

Hear the latest on multiple active Marin Immigration/Civil Rights issues.


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NEW PHONE BANKING OPPORTUNITY - SAUSALITO

It’s not too soon to start! Join with All on the Line-Marin to take part in this powerful new initiative led by Susan Bolle on Saturday May 11, 2-4pm.

Democracy Action Marin has joined OFA Marin to form All On the Line-Marin in order to focus on two destructive forms of voter suppression: gerrymandering and the growing potential for a vastly inaccurate 2020 census.

There is a  daunting problem with voter engagement. Of the 245 million voting-eligible Americans, 48 million are inactive/unregistered voters. We are now teaming up with Reclaim Our Vote to call and text these voters in key states. These are people who have been de-registered due to inactivity or who were penalized by voter suppression tactics such as strict photo ID requirements, lack of same-day/automatic registration, and closed polling locations. They are primarily from communities of color and largely forgotten by campaigns who usually target active voters.  Please join us for our first phone bank to under-represented voters in North Carolina and Virginia.

Special Election Phone Bank

Sausalito - Sat. May 11, 2-4pm

To register and get details, please contact marti.cermak@gmail.com

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“ALL ON THE LINE” SPEAKER EVENT - April 30, 6-8 pm


It’s all on the line in 2020…redistricting and the census will help determine whether regular citizens’ voices are heard as loud as those of special interests. All On The Line-Marin presents an opportunity to get involved in the fight for fair districts and an accurate 2020 census. Attend to learn more from experts about these two important voting rights challenges:

  • Helen Grieco from Common Cause will explain how the redistricting process works and the difference between fair and gerrymandered districts.

  • Stephanie McNally, the Strategic Initiatives Manager at Canal Alliance and a member of the Marin Complete Count Committee will educate us about the census, what is planned in Marin County, and how we can help.

All On The Line Speaker Event

Tues. Apr. 30 - 6-8 pm
Town Center Community Room•
100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera

Sign Up & Get Details Here  Hosted  by OFA Marin and Democracy Action Marin

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SUPPORT SAN RAFAEL CITY COUNCIL RENTER PROTECTION VOTE - Mon. May 6


Last December, the MOC Renter Protection Team helped influence  the Marin County Board of Supervisors to pass a 'Just Cause for Evictions' Ordinance with a unanimous vote.  

MVCAN has recently joined the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), an action-oriented coalition of local groups and congregations. MOC’s  Renter Protection Team is asking supporters to come advocate for the San Rafael City Council vote on May 6 in favor of implementing two rental ordinances, “Just Cause for Eviction” and “Mandatory Mediation.” MOC has successfully advocated for these ordinances at the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Also, Fairfax just passed these important renter protections in ordinances modeled after the County ordinances.  

However, the San Rafael City Council may be drafting alternative language that could normalize rent increases at twice the level that the County ordinance allows.  MOC is asking for a large turnout in support of renter protections since we may need to call on the council members to propose terms more in line with those already in place in the County and Fairfax.  

SUPPORT RENTER PROTECTION VOTE
Mon. May 6 - 7pm

San Rafael City Council
San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Avenue.

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NARAL PRO-CHOICE CALIFORNIA LOBBY DAY - Wed. May 8

An alarming number of states are blatantly proposing or passing unconstitutional six-week abortion bans. Reproductive freedom is more in peril than ever before!

Here in California, we can help make a difference by enhancing our imperfect protections.  Face-to-face interactions with legislators are one of the most powerful ways to ensure our message is heard, and the more districts we have represented, the louder our voices will be.

On May 8, NARAL members will fill California’s State Capitol to ask legislators to expand abortion access to California’s public universities (SB 24) and address California’s outrageously high maternal mortality rates among black women (SB 464).

NARAL Pro-Choice California's Lobby Day

Wed. May 8, 10 AM - 3 PM (lunch provided)

California State Capitol, Sacramento

To register, go to NARAL Pro-Choice California's Lobby Day  The registration deadline is May 3rd.

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MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR CALVIP

The California Chapter of Moms Demand Action is proud to be part of a statewide coalition urging Gov. Newsom to increase funding for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention program (CalVIP).

CalVIP provides critical support for evidence-based violence reduction initiatives in communities across our state. Funding for CalVIP was set at a measly $9 million in 2007 and it has never been increased. After 12 years of frozen and inadequate funding, an increase in CalVIP is necessary and very reasonable.

You can take part in three simple steps to secure state funding to break the cycle of violence in California. Time to take action!

  1. CALL Gov. Newsom and voice your support for $39 Million for funding CalVIP by texting CALIFORNIA to 644-33. You will be connected to be connected to the Governor's office - your call and your voice matters! After you make this quick and easy call, ask five friends to commit to calling!

  1. SIGN this petition - we're going to hand-deliver it to key state leaders before the critical May 15 deadline.

  1. JOIN US for a CalVIP coalition event in Oakland on May 2. Attending will be Oakland Mayor Schaaf, Stockton Mayor Tubbs, and gun sense champion, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks.  

CALVIP COALITION BAY AREA EVENT
Thurs. May 2, 5:30 - 7:30PM
Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street
Oakland, 94612

RSVP NOW

       History is made by those who show up!

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AIRLIFT FUND - HELP SUPPORT NEW VIRGINIA MAJORITY

New Virginia Majority is creating a powerful movement that transforms Virginia by organizing communities of color, women, working people, LGBTs, and youth. They strive to create a progressive transformation of Virginia through mass organizing, leadership development, and strategic communications. Working together to vote, mobilize and engage to end mass incarceration, New Virginia Majority builds just economic policies, protects immigrants and preserves the environment.

For more information, see Here

Please consider making a recurring donation to Airlift. Grassroot groups, which Airlift supports, are like little birds. They don't eat a lot, but they are always hungry.

AIRLIFT GROUPS NEVER STOP FIGHTING: 365 days a year.  Help now by giving a donation Here.

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REPORT FROM VOLUNTEER DAY AT MILL VALLEY DEPOT

Carol Zimmerman manning the table at the Depot Plaza.

MVCAN members Bernard Catalinotto and Carol Zimmerman manned the MVCAN information booth on Depot Plaza at MV Volunteer Day last Saturday. They got a great response from fair attendees. Almost everyone already knew about MVCAN and were happy to find out what we’re doing!  And a bunch of new members signed up to join us!


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HELP EXPAND THE ELECTORATE - WRITE POSTCARDS AT HOME!

Join MVCAN member Bob Haar in a post-carding project to help expand the electorate!

Postcards in May will be going to thank first-time voters that helped flip congressional districts to the Democrats in November and to encourage these voters to stay involved.

The target District for April was CA-48 (D-Harley Rouda) in Orange County, but MVCAN members and other participants have now comprehensively contacted almost all first-time voters in CA-48. Congrats!

So, going forward we will be postcarding Virginia, where they have statewide elections in November 2019. Our postcarding will be used as a supplement to canvassing and phone banking. In counties where canvassing is not being planned, and phone banking has revealed have large numbers of bad phone numbers, we will be sending postcards.

You will get a package that includes instructions, 20 pre-stamped postcards, 20 names/addresses, and a script.

For more details and to participate in postcarding, contact Bob Haar at politicalbobh@gmail.com


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MVCAN ENDORSES KIMBERLY ELLIS


MVCAN has enthusiastically endorsed Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic Party Chair.

Click below to support Kimberly Ellis, the only candidate working to unite California as a national Democratic progressive leader. To donate and to see Kimberly’s detailed issue platforms, visit voteforKimberly.org.

The time to help is now! - The CA Democratic Party convention for statewide elections is the last weekend in May in San Francisco!

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MVCAN’S SUSAN BOLLE FEATURED in MARINSCOPE NEWS

The Marin Resistance is activated for a big push to the 2020 elections with the goal of getting Donald Trump out office. Meet two of the Marin leaders – Susan Bolle, left, and Susan Morgan (Indivisible Marin), right. Marinscope - Photo By Elliot Karlan

See the full article at Watch Out Donald Trump.

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SAVE THE DATE - MILL VALLEY MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - Monday, May 27

Join MVCANers for our third annual group march in the WAY FUN Memorial Day Parade on Monday morning May 27!

Look for details in the next newsletter.



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WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED in a specific issue or support area? Much of MVCAN's work is done in one of our 10 awesome action teams. Click the team name to read their latest news and find their next meeting.

Civil Rights/Immigration battles for justice and fair treatment of women, immigrants, working people and followers of all faiths.

Communications works on strategy, branding, messaging and program development for MVCAN. They are looking for bright ideas and people who want to make them happen.

Eco Warriors are engaged in change at the local, state and national levels, to impact the CA carbon tax, climate change, and community outreach and action.

The Economic Action team runs AIRLIFT, our first national project. AIRLIFT funnels money to grassroots groups in winnable 2018 districts. These are seriously vetted groups that work all year round in their communities–they get tangible results without blowing through millions of dollars. Read about Airlift in the Huffington Post .

Electoral is still celebrating the incredible outcome of the 2018 Midterms. Over the past 2 years, our dedicated group of volunteers called, texted and canvassed voters in our focus CA Congressional Districts along with NV & AZ. They helped win all 7 of the 7 flippable CA Congressional Districts, along with the Senate seats in NV & AZ. As we look to 2019, we are weighing many options which include strengthening the position of our newly elected CA House Representatives, voter registration drives and the state level elections in November--and of course, the Special Congressional Elections which will result in Trump Cabinet members being fired and replaced with Congressional Republicans.

The Events team creates special events to engage our friends and neighbors to take political action with MVCAN.

Health Care is forging ahead after their successful fight over the repeal/replace of ACA.

Tech supports MVCAN through technology.

Women's Rights fundraises and canvasses for NARAL and Planned Parenthood; supports women in public office(s); and engages in local, state and federal legislation for women's protection and rights.


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Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN

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